New California Law Requires Lobbyist Registration for "Placement Agents" Soliciting California State Pension Plans

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Effective January 1, new legislation in California (Act) will prohibit an individual or entity from acting as a “placement agent” in connection with any potential investment made by a California state public retirement system unless that person is registered as a lobbyist with the California Secretary of State and is in compliance with the California Political Reform Act of 1974 (PRA). The Act is aimed at ensuring that investment decisions of any California state public pension or retirement system are made in an impartial manner, free from any potential bias caused by gifts, campaign contributions or the financial interests of placement agents, retirement system officials and third parties who have supported these officials.

Under the Act, the definition of placement agent includes any person hired, engaged, retained by or serving on behalf of an external manager (for example, a hedge fund manager) who acts for compensation as a finder, solicitor, marketer, consultant, broker or other intermediary in connection with the offer or sale of the securities, assets or services of an external manager to a California state public pension or retirement system (or an investment vehicle in which a California public pension or retirement system is the majority investor). The placement agent definition covers broker-dealers or finders retained by an external manager and also extends to individuals employed by an external manager performing marketing functions or otherwise acting as an intermediary in connection with the offer or sale of securities, assets or services of an external manager to a California state public retirement system, unless an exemption would apply. The Act also prohibits the payment to registered broker-dealers of compensation that is contingent upon an investment being made by a California state public or pension retirement system.

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